False Neutral #9: Bikes We Love, Part 2

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In this two-episode discussion of the bikes we love, we challenge each other to name our favorite bikes in a number of categories. In Part Two, Our conversation continues as each of us names the bike we most dearly love despite not wanting to own personally, and then talk about what we think are the best bikes to come on the market in the last couple of years.

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False Neutral – The Bikes We Love, Part 2

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Ducati 1299 Panigale
Ducati 1299 Panigale
Vincent Black Shadow
Vincent Black Shadow
Britten V1000
Britten V1000
Moto Morini 500 Sport
Moto Morini 500 Sport
Triumph X-75 Hurricane
Triumph X-75 Hurricane
Yamaha XV500 Virago
Yamaha XV500 Virago
(Image courtesy revmoto.com)
Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin
Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin
Honda Grom 125
Honda Grom 125
Kymco K-Pipe 125
(Image courtesy motorcycle.com)
Aprilia Tuono V4
Aprilia Tuono V4
BMW R1200RS
BMW R1200RS
Yamaha XSR900
Yamaha XSR900
BMW R Nine T
BMW R Nine T
2016 Suzuki SV650
2016 Suzuki SV650
Polaris Octane
Victory Octane
Ducati Multistrada
Ducati Multistrada
Harley-Davidson Livewire
Harley-Davidson VRSCR Street Rod
Harley-Davidson VRSCR Street Rod
Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 & 701
Husqvarna Vitpilen 401 & 701
Yamaha SR500 with one-piece Tracy body
(Magazine or catalog scan, original source unknown)

Images are manufacturer press photos or from Wikipedia, except where noted.

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7 responses to “False Neutral #9: Bikes We Love, Part 2”

  1. Wayne Moyer Avatar
    Wayne Moyer

    It’s the Victory Octane not the Polaris. Sure Polaris actually makes Victory and Indian but they haven’t put their names on the bikes yet.
    As a former Victory owner let me say it’s good to see them moving downstream a bit. This is the least expensive bike they have sold so far. Although it is still more expensive then the Scout it’s based on.
    I really want to see Victory create a starter bike or at least something in the $6-8k class. At the prices they have them set for they are still very much a niche bike.
    Also about the V-Rod. They tried to do something different but they went a bit too far. Using a Porsche designed water cooled motor did turn a lot of people off to it. More importantly it’s just a large and imposing muscle cruiser. Yet I have talked to someone who bought one for his 18 year old as their first real bike.
    We are seeing water cooling finally enter the lineup but it is still in small numbers. Whether that’s at the low end with the Street or on their extreme other end of Harley’s line. It’s starting to slowly come into the marketplace for them. I’m hoping something watercooled is used on the Sportster given the age of the current motor.

    1. Tanshanomi Avatar

      Thanks for catching my error, Wayne. Brain fart on my part. I corrected the photo caption.

      1. Wayne Moyer Avatar
        Wayne Moyer

        It’s an easy one to make. Sometimes it’s hard to separate the bigger company from their smaller subsidiaries. Especially now that they split their sales by grabbing the Indian name.

    2. Garrett Michael Avatar
      Garrett Michael

      I’m becoming more receptive to american brands as they start to introduce water cooling and overhead cams to more models. Also, I’m encouraged by what Victory is doing with their models, and hope that it helps drive some progression into the other incumbent brands.

  2. Dave Avatar
    Dave

    First off, I want to give you guys a round of applause for the last two episodes. The content is awesome, audio seems better and the flow has been awesome. My only gripe is that the episodes are too short, being an hour or just under an hour, doesn’t last my commute. Maybe that’s just me. Keep up the good work guys.

    I do want to hear more about CB300F, you guys mentioned it during the beginner bikes episode and it’s one of those bikes that I fall in love with everytime I see it.

    1. Tanshanomi Avatar

      Yeah, we’re still working on getting the audio quality right. Thanks for the feedback!

  3. Maymar Avatar
    Maymar

    http://www.huntsmotorcycles.co.uk/HondaNewBikeImages/2014Bikes/cbr125r/cbr125r-top-2014.jpg

    Like so many, I’m intrigued as hell by the Grom, but at the same time, we get a pretty hefty supply of cheap CBR125Rs (sometimes roadworthy ones for about a grand will pop up, right now they’re a little more, probably because it’s early in riding season). 2 more speeds, and I know it’s fun enough (especially with the absurd paint jobs) – it’d make a fun commuter, if I didn’t already have something decent for commuter duty.

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